Conor Laverty receiving his award
Glenswilly, the Donegal senior champions, will meet Down champions, Kilcoo, on Sunday week, 30th October, and one of their stars, Conor Laverty, has just been announced the Quinn Building Products UGAAWA Merit Award winner for September 2016
If a hard border becomes a reality when Brexit is completed surely Conor Laverty will get a special pass, so as he can whiz through the checkpoint without stopping. Few people, if any, will cross the border so often.
That's because Conor travels daily from his Kilcoo home to Dublin where he is employed as a GAA Development Officer at TCD but the long hours in his car haven't cramped his style on the football field. He is still as lively as ever and last month collected his sixth Down SFC medal in eight years, completing five-in-a-row in September.
Few would argue that Kilcoo's success might not have been possible but for the wizardry of Conor in attack, taking scores and setting up many others for his 'Magpie' colleagues, as the Eoghain Rúa O'Neill 'All Blacks ' swept past all opposition to clinch the championship quintet of titles.
For his top class displays during September, Conor Laverty wins our Monthly Merit Award ahead of Loughgiel hurler Tiernan Coyle, who starred in the Antrim final against Cushendall. Also deserving special mention are Antrim footballer Eimear Gallagher and Scotstown man Seamus Mullan, coach of Longford Ladies' team that won the All-Ireland JFC title.
“This is a great honour for me and, also, for the Kilcoo team,” enthused Conor (31) at his reception in Quinn's Corner. “We were described as a pale shadow of former Kilcoo teams at the beginning of the year but everyone buckled down and the result was brilliant. We were not, by any means, regarded as favourites to retain the title and, now, we can chase Burren's six-in-a-row next year.”
Conor has retired from county football after nine years in the red and black jersey. He captained the Mourne men last season but with a young family he felt it was time to step down from county affairs.
“Travelling to Dublin each day takes up a lot of time and so did training with Down so I felt it was only right that I'd give more time to my family,” he explains.
For his award, Laverty receives an engraved Belleek Living Vase, specially designed silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House, training gear from O'Neill's International Sports and a medical bag from 3FiveTwo on behalf of Kingsbridge Private Hospital. Quinn Products Sales & Marketing Director Seamus McMahon made the presentation.
Conor also won the monthly award for June 2012.